Triple Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies

What is your favorite chocolate dessert? If you ask my husband, the answer is shown in this post. We celebrated his birthday recently and I was wondering what special cake should I bake for him. I thought about the cake decoration, the frosting, the flavors, the candles, there were lots of ideas going on in my mind. Instead of making a surprise, a few days before I decided to simply ask him what he would prefer. “Brownies, of course – he said. Oh, and no candles please.” I see, forget about the decoration, frosting, ganache, whatever. The requirements were very clear: Has to be truly madly deeply full of chocolate and super fudge. That’s it! My birthday challenge was to make the best brownies ever, nothing less.

Granted, I couldn’t conceptualize the best brownies of all times without including the word healthy in it. And since for the chocolate-cocoa part we were saved because of all the worldwide known benefits, I concentrated my focus on the fat, sugar and flour. That translated into substituting the saturated and high on cholesterol butter for the monounsaturated medicinal “liquid gold”; reducing the sugar without compromising the taste, by using semi-sweet chocolate to compensate, and choosing the nutritious and fiber-rich whole wheat flour. How that sounds?

The verdict was unanimously positive. The brownies are husband-approved and the little one, after sneaking a few chocolate chips, caught me in a moment of distraction while taking these pictures and ran away with a square. The joyful faces were all I needed to see. Even when I declared I made those with zucchini and broccoli (oh, the shocking news!) to be the healthiest, the brownies still vanished in no time. I didn’t use any green vegetable in this recipe. But maybe I will next time.

Triple Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/2 cup olive oil
  4. 1/3 whole milk
  5. 1 tsp pure almond extract
  6. 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  7. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  9. pinch of salt
  10. 16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl of a stand or hand mixer, whisk the sugar and the eggs.
  5. Add in the other three liquid ingredients (olive oil, milk and pure almond extract).
  6. Incorporate the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cocoa and pinch of salt) and blend just until combined.
  7. In a small bowl, melt 8 oz of chocolate in the microwave, for 1 minute (30 seconds interval). Stir until smooth.
  8. Add to the batter, whisking vigorously until blended.
  9. With a spatula, add the remaining chocolate chips (8 oz) stirring well.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. (30 minutes was just right for me, it kept the brownies extra fudgy).
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12 Responses to Triple Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies

  1. I’ve made olive oil cakes, but never brownies! This look wonderful

  2. Happy birthday! Those look so perfectly moist!

  3. Maria at #

    Can’t wait to try these!

  4. Helen at #

    Thanks and Happy Birthday!

  5. Thank you all! And it is also my birthday this weekend, so double thanks ;)

  6. Husband approved brownies are pretty easy to create in my family. Just about any brownie is husband approved. But these look SPECIAL. Bookmarking them to try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Cookie at #

    I like my brownies super chocolatey and fudgy but still cake like and these certainly fit the bill. The pictures tell the tale with great detail.

  8. Wow is all I can say. I cannot wait to try these. I am with your husband 100%. Same requirements for me.

  9. Elle at #

    Love that they’re obviously cute kid approved!

  10. HumbleBee at #

    Awesome recipe! Mine turned out great.I have made 2 batches now – one with only 1/2 the sugar and one with only 2bs of honey and my friends have prefered the sugar-free, honey version. Since the chocolate chips get melted in and then more get thrown in it is quite sweet already!

    Good way to make them even healthier.

    Looking forward to trying your other recipes =D

    • HumbleBee at #

      Ahh sorry…should be “2 tbs honey”…not 2bs…which kind of looked like lbs…which would be gross. Sorry!